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  • 6 reasons Wroclaw is Poland’s best weekend break

    6 reasons Wroclaw is Poland’s best weekend break

    October 31st, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    Poland has changed more than almost any other European country in the last ten years and Wrocław (pronounced “vrots-waff”) is one of its most transformed cities, a go-ahead place with a huge student population and a burgeoning arts scene. As a place to visit, Wrocław brings together pretty much everything that’s good about contemporary Poland:…

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  • Island-hopping in Croatia: a practical guide

    Island-hopping in Croatia: a practical guide

    April 4th, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    With its mountainous coastal backdrop, scattering of tawny islands and giddyingly translucent waters, the Croatian Adriatic offers one of the most compelling seascapes in Europe. Indeed it’s something of an island-hopper’s paradise, with a veritable shoal of ferries providing the opportunity to stride up the gangplank, sprawl on the sun deck and soak up the…

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  • Discover Zagreb, Croatia’s capital of cool

    Discover Zagreb, Croatia’s capital of cool

    April 16th, 2015Jonathan Bousfield
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    The Croatian capital Zagreb has enjoyed the dubious honour of being underestimated twice over. Cold-shouldered by Croatia-bound travellers because it’s a landlocked city without a beach, it has also been ignored by city-breakers bound for Prague, Kraków or Budapest. One consequences of this relative neglect is that Zagreb is one of the few European capitals…

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  • Plovdiv, Bulgaria: 10 reasons to visit

    Plovdiv, Bulgaria: 10 reasons to visit

    February 9th, 2015Jonathan Bousfield
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    Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second city, is the oldest continually inhabited city in Europe. It’s also one of the continent’s brightest upcoming stars, and will be a European Capital of Culture in 2019. As well as offering archaeological treasures by the barrow-load, it is one of the most culturally vibrant places in southeastern Europe, with enough cultural festivals, arty…

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  • The 10 best beaches in Croatia

    The 10 best beaches in Croatia

    September 26th, 2014Jonathan Bousfield
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    When it comes to beaches in Croatia, the best advice is to head south: it’s on the Dalmatian coast where the most seductive sandy shores, pebbly coves and sun-fried rocks are to be found. Here are 10 of the best beaches in Croatia: 1. Spiaza, Susak Desert island getaways don’t come much better than on…

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  • Where to stay in Croatia on a budget

    Where to stay in Croatia on a budget

    June 30th, 2014Jonathan Bousfield
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    Is there such a thing as a cheap sleep in Croatia? It’s certainly something that’s hard to find in summer, when the coast fills up with visitors and prices rise proportionately. There’s probably no other country in Europe where the cost of accommodation is subject to such seasonal distortions. However there are still plenty of…

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  • Croatia’s best beachside campsites

    Croatia’s best beachside campsites

    June 17th, 2014Jonathan Bousfield
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    Croatia’s growing popularity with independent travellers has given a new lease of life to the Adriatic camping scene, with a new breed of small, family-owned sites squeezing themselves into some beautiful corners of the country’s famously stunning coastline. Facilities are improving – nowadays you get things like wi-fi as well as hot water – but it’s…

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  • The best festivals in Croatia this year

    The best festivals in Croatia this year

    May 29th, 2014Jonathan Bousfield
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    So how exactly did the Croatian coast become Europe’s favourite festival-going riviera? Much of the credit must go to the Zadar-based Garden organisation, who organised the first ever Garden Festival back in 2006. The Garden’s combination of niche music, small numbers, blissfully unspoiled beaches and slightly bonkers boat parties laid down the template for events…

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  • What the WWI centenary means for Sarajevo

    What the WWI centenary means for Sarajevo

    May 9th, 2014Jonathan Bousfield
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    With the WWI centenary coming up, Jonathan Bousfield looks at what it means for Sarajevo, the city where it all began 100 years ago. With its fantasy-novel-meets-fairytale skyline of church belfries and minarets, the Bosnia-Herzegovinian capital of Sarajevo is the perfect place for a romantic long-weekend break. Or at least that’s what Archduke Franz Ferdinand…

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  • Vienna remembers the Great War

    Vienna remembers the Great War

    April 23rd, 2014Jonathan Bousfield
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    If there is one European city that seems particularly focused on the World War I centenary then it is the Austrian capital Vienna, where a host of war-themed exhibitions will be opening over the course of the year. Such attention may come as something as a surprise when one considers that the Austro-Hungarian Empire was…

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  • Ten central & Eastern European sites to mark the WWI Centenary

    Ten central & Eastern European sites to mark the WWI Centenary

    April 2nd, 2014Jonathan Bousfield
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    Most of us know that World War I started with the assassination of an Austrian Archduke in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. For the English-speaking world, however, the subsequent history of the conflict largely focuses on the Western Front, Gallipoli and other theatres where British, Commonwealth and American forces saw action. It is often forgotten…

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  • Ten reasons to explore Poland

    Ten reasons to explore Poland

    February 19th, 2014Jonathan Bousfield
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    Poland has always been the Doctor Who of the European continent, undergoing successive bouts of regeneration in response to the challenges of war, revolution or regime change. For the traveller, many of the old clichés about this country’s grim post-communist cities can be safely thrown out of the window – in fact, there’s hardly a single…

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